Fall · Preserves and Infusions · Recipes

spiced grape jelly

I love October in Umbria. Soon the winter sadness will descend on us, but right now colors are working full-time. Everywhere is golden and red. Everything seems to taste sweet, chestnuts, pears, grapes. There’s wonderful grapes everywhere. We are the lucky owners of a 1/2 century old vine-arbor. We don’t make wine with the fruits,… Continue reading spiced grape jelly

Desserts · Fall · Recipes · Winter

chocolate and ricotta crostata with homemade candied orange

CROSTATA AL CIOCCOLATO.  I can proudly say that this is a family recipe. My family is half Umbrian, half Sicilian. Both regions have great food but when it comes to sweets there is no contest.  Sicilians are blessed by the best sweets ever  invented, cassata, cannoli, panzerotti, martorana, granita, pignolata….oh my. Enter any humble bakery… Continue reading chocolate and ricotta crostata with homemade candied orange

Desserts · Recipes

pears poached in Vin Santo

PERE AL VINSANTO.  Vin Santo, literally meaning “holy wine,” is a sweet dessert wine traditionally produced in Central Italy and some areas of the North using dried grapes. This is one of my favorite recipes  in Antonio Carluccio‘s book “Italian Feast”. It makes a perfect conclusion to a hearty Umbrian meal of lentil soup followed… Continue reading pears poached in Vin Santo